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In the sculpture ses­sion were two works of art that greatly ap­pealed, one a new friend, the other an old one. New, to me, was a rare early-13th-cen­tury Li­mo­ges cham­plevé Eucharis­tic dove (left), a por­ta­ble taber­na­cle to hold the host, which sold for $1.94 mil­lion (£1.557m). The old friend was the only known Not­ting­ham al­abaster al­tar­piece on the theme of mar­tyr­dom (above), with Saints Stephen, Lawrence, Eras­mus and Thomas, which made $1,332,500 (£1.063m). The 15th-cen­tury piece had been in the Paris Chartreuse un­til the French Rev­o­lu­tion. I first saw it in Den­ver, in the col­lec­tion of the late Wil­liam Berger, who had bought it at a sale from the Bri­tish Rail Pen­sion Fund (COUN­TRY LIFE, Jan­uary 8, 1998).

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